Lillooet Curling Club mixes it up

At the 2018 Olympics, mixed doubles curling will debut as an official Olympic sport.

The Lillooet Curling Club is getting in on the new, reinvention of the classic sport. In Lillooet, they’ve changed the format slightly, to make the game even more accommodating, and play as just doubles. This sees a much more active and quick-paced game with no waiting around, according to longtime club member Armand Foisy.

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The Lillooet Curling Club hopes that by offering this new, faster paced curling option on Sundays at 1:30, they will be able to attract more members to the club.

Currently, the club offers Women’s league on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Men’s league on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Mixed league on Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. While curling seems to have developed the reputation of being an older person’s game, it is actually a good workout and a challenging sport that is accessible to most people. The popularity of curling in Lillooet continues as most club members enjoy not only the competition, but also the social aspect of getting together at the club.

Curling in Lillooet started back in 1957 when a group of contractors and loggers built the first club. Since then there have been three curling clubs in Lillooet, as the second club burned down in 1997.

The current Lillooet Memorial Curling Club is a very modern and well-designed building and was specifically designed and well insured against fire after the destruction of the previous club, says Treasurer Ida Foisy. Club members are very proud of the ice surface in Lillooet because it is of very high quality and well-maintained. The ice is pebbled before every game to give it texture and then nipped to take the heads off the pebbles to give the ice more curl.

Looking forward to spring, the club will hold its largest bonspiel of the year. The April Fools Bonspiel will be held from Mar. 23-25. The weekend event will also included a dance party, which always sees the club packed, according to Ross Milward.

The Lillooet Memorial Curling Club welcomes any community members to come and try curling at the club.

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